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Cardinals have decision to make on Kolb


Last year at this time, the Cardinals had until the fifth day of the league year to decide whether to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb a $7 million roster bonus. While waiting for Peyton Manning to pick his next team, the Cards decided to keep Kolb.

After that point, it was a no-brainer that Kolb would be on the team, since his base salary was only $1 million, along with a $500,000 roster bonus.

This year, the same day brings another seven-figure decision. And while this time it’s only a $2 million roster bonus, it will be chased by a $9 million base salary and a $500,000 workout bonus.

There’s a chance the Cards will pay the $2 million for the ability to make a $9 million decision later. But cutting Kolb would drop his $13.5 million cap number to $6 million, creating (abacus on) $7.5 million in extra cap breathing room.

Last month, team president Michael Bidwill acknowledged that the situation would require discussion and consideration. In the end, it could require a significant restructuring/reduction by Kolb, or he’ll be on the market.

If that happens, maybe Andy Reid would sign Kolb in Kansas City, and trade him in a year or two for a second-round draft pick.